16 1/4" Paul Crowley viola, New York 2016
Award-winning American violin maker Paul Crowley worked as a sound engineer and professional double bassist before training to become a violin maker. After graduating from the North Bennet Street School in Boston in 2002, he worked with Michele Ashley and Marco Coppiardi for several years. He established his own Boston workshop, then moved his business to Brooklyn, New York, where he currently builds his own instruments.
Crowley's instruments have won numerous awards, including a Silver Medal for violin tone from the Violin Society of America competition held in 2004, as well as two Certificates of Merit in 2014: one for violin tone, and another for viola workmanship.
He was elected to the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers in 2010 and is a member of the VSA, regularly attending the VSA's Summer Violin Making Workshops.